Urotrichus talpoides


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Urotrichus talpoides
Species Authority: Temminck, 1841
Common Name(s):
English Japanese Shrew Mole

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Abe, H. & Ishii, N.
Reviewer(s): Amori, G. (Small Nonvolant Mammal Red List Authority) & Chanson, J. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Least Concern because it is widespread, common, there are no major threats, and it is not currently declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to Japan. It is found on Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, Awaji Island, Shodo Island, Oki Islands, Tsushima Island, Goto Islands, Mishima Island (Yamaguchi Prefecture) and Awashima Island (Niigata Prefecture) (Abe, et al., 2005). It occurs from sea level up to 2,000 m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common and dominant species.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: A semifossorial species that is common in grasslands, shrubland, and forests at low to medium elevations.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no major threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in a number of protected areas.

Citation: Abe, H. & Ishii, N. 2008. Urotrichus talpoides. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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